Top Ten Tuesday : The Last Ten Books I’ve Added on Goodreads

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature brought to all of us by the lovely ladies at The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is about books you have recently added to your to-read list (not that anyone needs more books on that list, especially not me–now at 526 and that does not include the list I have going in the notebook in my desk…).

Very simply, I went to Goodreads and I’m listing off the last 10 books I added and what prompted me to do so when it seems to be the height of folly to add anything else to my list…

The links go back to the Goodreads pages, in case you want to add them to your own crazy lists.

  1. The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride: Famous for her book/play A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing (which I have not read), I came across this book in the NY Times Book Review section–most of these titles come from there. But I like the idea of a young woman coming to the big city to make a name for herself, which is lucky because that is the storyline of almost every book in the western world.
  2. Nine Island by Jane Alison: Because the description said it was darkly humorous and the narrator is working on translating Ovid–we read Metamorphoses in one of my college courses and it is amazing–so many of the stories we know and love trace back to these myths like Romeo & Juliet and My Fair Lady.
  3. Mister Monkey by Francine Prose: It follows the performers of an off-off-off broadway musical for children. There are monkeys involved. Need I say more?
  4. The Country Girls by Edna O’Brien: This is an older book (first published in the 1960s) and it was mentioned in an essay about books on female friendship. It’s set in Ireland and it follows two women–honestly I’m not sure how much I’ll like it–but I tend to give books a chance and if it turns out I’m not into it by the first twenty or so pages, I just turn it back into the library.
  5. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles: What happens when an aristocrat is subject to house arrest in 1920s era Russia? I can’t wait to find out.
  6. Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple: I loved her book Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and I’m eager to read this one, which I’m sure will be very different but will hopefully have a similar spirit.
  7. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue: This is another book I’m not sure how much I’m going to like–it’s about a midwife who is witnessing a supposed miracle but ends up having to fight to save the child. I like intense books, but this one seems to be asking for a box of kleenex to go with it or alternately a flashlight to go to bed with–not sure which one.
  8. Little Nothing by Marisa Silver: Follows the story of a young woman who is a dwarf finding her way in a world that has shunned her because of the way her body looks.
  9. Time Travel: A History by James Gleick: About science fiction’s obsession with time travel–seems like it could be totally fascinating. I love this kind of thing.
  10. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer: I’ve heard such good things about this book, but I’ve never gotten around to reading it (or watching the film).

So those are the last ten books I’ve added to my list. I get a little Goodreads-happy around the end of the year when the come out with all the best-of-the-year list and I find so many more books to read. I will never finish all the books on my list, but I love knowing that there’s always something else to read and because of that there’s no reason to suffer through a book you don’t like.

Are any of these books on your list? What are you excited to read as the year winds down? Let me know in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases I Can’t Wait to Read (But Probably Will Until I Can Get Them at the Library)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature from The Broke and the Bookish.

I don’t tend to keep up with new book releases because I don’t read new books all that often. I get a peek when things come out in the New York Times Book Review, and that’s about it. But some books manage to get through that and are on my radar. Here are some books I’m looking forward to, even if I’ve only heard about them today. Interestingly, all of them are by authors I’ve read at least one book from. I need to keep better track of books by authors I enjoy…

  • League of Dragons by Naomi Novik–The last book in her Temeraire series that I’m making my way through. I picked up this series after falling in love with Uprooted last year, but this series, which is set in a Napoleonic period but with dragons, is really good though really different. (avail today 6/14)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling–I’m not sure how I feel about this play turned book, but I’m going to devour it regardless. (avail 7/31)
  • Peacock & Vine by AS Byatt–I loved Possession, and this one looks really good too, following the lives of two artists in the 1800s. (avail 8/2)
  • Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley–I really like this mystery series, though I have not stayed caught up with it. I think the characters are really interesting and I love the titles and covers for the books too (avail 9/20)
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo–The first book was so much fun. (avail 9/27)
  • Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple–Where’d You Go, Bernadette’s author’s new book–sign me up. (avail 10/4)
  • Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood–I think Atwood is an absolutely brilliant writer who can write anything. I have no idea what this book is about, but I’m going to be reading it. (avail 10/11)
  • The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot–The story of a guy “who must face his past in order to find his future.” It’s by Meg Cabot, so it’s going on my TBR. (avail 10/18)
  • Swing Time by Zadie Smith–Pretty much anything by Zadie Smith makes me excited. I think her first novel was one of the best first novels of this (granted very new) century. (avail 11/3)
  • Moonglow by Michael Chabon–I’ve only read one of his books, but it was great and I’d love to read more from him. (avail 11/22)